1963 Volkswagen Beetle
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This example is an original Herbie the Love Bug car. Some of the cars were designed for special stuns; this example was equipped for high-speed racing scenes. The car is finished in the appropriate livery and outfitted with a revised rear suspension, a dual-port engine, automatically opening doors and a high-pressure water pump used to squirt a the more villainous opponents.
The car was designated as Car Number 2 and featured prominently in the 1977 Walt Disney production Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, along with Dean Jones (Jim Douglas), Don Knotts (Wheely Applegate) and Julie Sommars (Diane Darcy).
After its on-camera duties were completed, Herbie was offered for sale at a public auction held at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, on August 9th of 1980. A buyer for Harrah's Club purchased the car for the famed Automobile Collection in Reno, Nevada.
Several years later, much of the collection was dispersed and this car was sold to Herbie Livingston of South Carolina. It was on display for several years in Mr. Livingston's 200-car museum collection before being purchased by Daryl Adams of West Palm Beach, Florida. In September of 1995, the current owner acquired the car.
The engine was rebuilt in 1996, but the car remains in studio-used condition and sports all of the distinguishing characteristics such as the Perlweiss paint, the tri-color stripe, '53' roundels and the yellow- on-black California license plates 'OFP 857.' Under the hood, the original Disney 'CAR NO. 2' stencil remains intact. The car still has its Trans France window stickers, a Carello fog lamp and 14' x 6' wheels. There are custom high- backed seats and a removable panel just above the engine compartment.
The engine is a 1740cc overhead valve air-cooled boxer engine fitted with a single downdraft carburetor and developing 60 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.
In 2012, the car was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company located in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was estimated to sell for $75,000 - $125,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for $66,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2012
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|Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction||1961-1986|